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at heart

1. as what someone cares about the most Your academic adviser should have your best interests at heart. I'm an English teacher at heart but also a writer.
2. in the most basic way He was at heart a conservative man.
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at heart

1. Fundamentally, basically, as in He's a good fellow at heart. It was first recorded in Alexander Pope's Epistle to a Lady (1735): "But every Woman is at heart a Rake."
2. In one's deepest feelings, as a great concern, as in The governor has the party's best interests at heart. [Early 1700s]
See also: heart

at heart

In one's deepest feelings; fundamentally.
See also: heart